YONKERS, NY — February 3, 2019 — This past week saw a number of items passed by the City Council with bipartisan support, including one aimed at combating “zombie homes,” and another honoring Gerald ‘Gerry’ Blackstone, a community leader who was instrumental in promoting recreation on the Hudson River in Yonkers.
I am proud to announce that we have taken another step in our fight against the scourge of “zombie homes” in our neighborhoods. This week, the City Council passed a bill which will help enforcement officers and residents identify “zombie properties” – properties often left in disrepair by landlords that become eyesores and potential hazards to nearby residents. Under the new law, official signage must be posted conspicuously on these derelict properties certifying their place on the city’s vacant buildings registry, holding landlords accountable and keeping our neighborhoods safer. I would like to thank my colleagues in the Democratic Caucus for cosponsoring this measure, and all of my colleagues for supporting this important step in our shared fight against abandoned and unsafe properties.
Additionally, a resolution introduced by myself, Majority Leader Michael Sabatino, and Councilwoman Shanae Williams honoring the memory of Gerald ‘Gerry’ Blackstone was also unanimously passed. The northern boat launch at JFK Marina & Park will be renamed the “Gerry Blackstone Pier” in recognition of his many contributions to the city and its residents. Gerry was a longtime community leader who was instrumental to popularizing recreation on the Yonkers waterfront. As an active member of the Yonkers Paddling and Rowing Club (YPRC), he is best remembered for introducing thousands of Yonkersites to the joys of boating on the Hudson River. I would like to thank Commodore Bill Dennison and the YPRC for their support in passing this well-deserved tribute.
We have many more developments just around the corner, so I invite you to attend one of our City Council meetings or watch on Facebook Live. You can find the schedule for upcoming meetings below. As always, City Council meetings begin at 7 P.M. and are open to the public, or you can watch live at the Yonkers City Council Facebook Page.
SOURCE: Briggette Sayegh, Communications Director, Yonkers City Council President